A Final Message for 2019
Can you believe we’re ready to enter the ‘20s? I clearly remember celebrating Millennium Eve and praying that the Y2K bug wouldn’t end the world.
And now, twenty years later our computers are working just fine though the same can’t be said about a lot of other things. But this isn’t the time for current affairs! T’is the season to be jolly after all.
So, before we get onto the serious topic of your children’s eye health allow me to proclaim that Your Eyes Optician would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous 2020. We’re so thankful for our wonderful community of customers which is why I want to take the opportunity to talk (once again) about junior vision.
It’ll become obvious (if it already hasn’t done so) that I am passionate about your child’s vision. Indeed, if you’ve been paying attention you’ll have already read my previous blog on the subject.
Your Eyes Optician wants to dedicate 2020 to spreading the good word of junior eye maintenance (JEM for short!).
I regularly chat with parents about eye maintenance. Like I’ve stated previously, our eyes should be treated the same way as our teeth. Generally speaking, we don’t go to the dentist after our tooth falls out, right? We schedule in regular(ish) checkups and cleaning to avoid horrible abscesses or the dreaded root canal. It’s fairly painless too. Well, shock horror, regular eye checks are completely painless; so what’s stopping you?
Before I go any further I want to reiterate that on the whole, children have pretty good eyesight! But they also have clean pearly whites and why’s that? Repeat after me: routine trips to the dentist.
Many children are unable to articulate vision issues and as a result problems may develop that you are not aware of. For example, your child might consider their eyesight perfectly fine despite not having great vision in one or the other eye. They’ll tell you that they can see, however if they placed a hand over their ‘problem’ eye they’d have difficulty. But how many children would think to test their sight this way? And so the issue continues.
Research suggests that 20% of school-age children have an undiagnosed sight problem. So, what are the signs?
- Sitting too close to the television and screens in general
- Rubbing their eyes
- Developing a squint
- Behavioural problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Getting behind at school
If any of these ring alarm bells, DON’T PANIC! It’s never too late to bring your child to the optician for a check up. In an ideal world our children would have routine appointments and any issues would be preempted. But we live busy lives and that’s absolutely OK.
Make it your New Year’s resolution to make an appointment for your brood (and maybe yourself too). There is lots of government support for junior eye care so budget won’t be an issue.
Get in touch for a chat and make that booking. You won’t regret it.
Merry Christmas everyone, see you in 2020!